Category : Staged Homes

Quarterly Blog Review

The time has come again for another quarterly blog review! We hope you all have been loving the blogs being published. This last quarter we have had everything from specific advice regarding staging to colour to how to stage different rooms.

 

“Yellow Love”

It is completely obvious to us as to why this is a favourite blog…who doesn’t love yellow? Not only does the colour make you happy but it also adds a pop to any space and can help in opening up the room. Yellow doesn’t always have to be as bright as what you might think as well. It is a great colour that doesn’t go out of fashion and will always look modern.

“The Magic of Lighting”

Lighting really does have the power to completely transform any space. Lighting can be used for a variety of situations too, no matter if it is to set a mood or to just make your life a little bit easier, lighting is a great way to achieve these goals.

“Transitional Living Room”

The rise of transitional living rooms is among us and there is no denying how much easier this trend can make your life, staging wise. Transitional living rooms allow for more variability in design as there are no set layout for what is the dining room and what is the living room, for example.

“Traditional Living Room”

On the other hand, traditional living rooms are still extremely common in properties so it makes sense that our traditional living room blog is also popular. Traditional living rooms create a cozy atmosphere which is more difficult to achieve with a transitional or open plan living room. Nevertheless, traditional living rooms are a key area of interest as they are so common.

Transitional Living Rooms

Styled by Silk Home

Transitional living rooms are the perfect combination between traditional and modern living spaces. While these living rooms encompass the key elements of the traditional living room, making the space seem as homely as possible, transitional living rooms are more open plan, bring and contemporary.

With large windows, multiple light textures and sometimes even large glass doors leading to an outside deck, a key feature of transitional living rooms is their ability to use light to their advantage, making the space seem bright, open and warm. The use of light in transitional living spaces can really transform the space from a general living room into a transitional living space.

Transitional living rooms are much like open plan living spaces as there is typically no clear dividing point between the kitchen, dining room and lounge room. While it may be assumed that this makes a space feel cluttered, unorganised and small it actually makes the area feel much bigger as there is typically more space than what is in a traditional living area. This works to the advantage of transitional living rooms as it allows for a wide variety of textures, colours and furniture to be used in the designing of the area. Bigger feature items such as lamps and coffee tables can be used as core elements that stand alone rather than being cramped into the space.

Mats are also commonly used in transitional living spaces. This allows for another element of texture and visual interest to the room and it does not take up any room! Mats come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes. Some are used to add some more colour to the room and others can act as key feature pieces in the room. When used effectively, mats can open up a room and tie a wide variety of the key elements together.

Throughout this post we have scattered some of our favourite transitional living spaces styled by Silk Home. What one is your favourite?

Traditional Living Rooms

Traditional Living Rooms

 

Although there has been a recent trend towards creating open plan living spaces and disregarding the traditional face of a living room, there is definitely still a market for traditional living rooms.

In older homes, traditional living rooms are often key features can can withstand the trends of time and always look new. There is just something about traditional living spaces that create a warm and inviting feeling in the home unlike more modern homes where everything is open.

Fireplaces, although not in all traditional living rooms, are still common today and make a great feature piece in the room. These classic pieces can act as the key feature in the living room, especially if the room has a neutral colour scheme.

The use of blue accessories such as pillows, throws and rugs or even lounges are great to make the room feel even more homely and comfortable.

As traditional living rooms can often feel closed in and small, making sure the room has ample lighting is of utmost importance. Having large windows, lights and lamps are great ways you can open up the space and create the illusion that the space is bigger than it actually is. This is further enhanced by a neutral colour scheme with blue accessories as these shades also allow the room to look bigger.

Adding wall art is another great way to make a traditional living room look more modern. Wall art can act as a major feature piece, especially if you don’t have a fireplace or the room is neutral toned. The wall art can add an element of interest to the space and can bring the whole room together with a range of colours and textures.

We’ve put some of our favourite traditional living spaces we staged in 2015 in this post. What one is your favourite?

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Your Favourite Blogs!

It’s so hard to believe that the year is already half over! But, this means that it’s time to reflect on some of our content that you have all been absolutely loving!

There has been a mixture of content coming out on Silk Home’s blog lately, from inspiration boards to colour themes to area specific design and tips and tricks to get your best possible sale experience.

One post that has been extremely popular is “Metallic Love”. It’s not hard to see why this post is a favourite…metallic is such a popular colour now! “Metallic Love” not only shows some awesome inspirational images of just how you can use metallic in your house in practice but we also talk you through how you can use metallic in your home, both through DIY and purchased items.

Gold, silver, brass, bronze, pewter, copper… Metallics are the hottest interior design trend…READ MORE HERE!

It seems that retro design is making a come back from all the love that has been directed towards “Silk Home, Modern Retro Design”. Who said retro is a thing of the past? This inspiration board shows that retro is back in full swing in the design industry. Bright pops of colour paired with matte neutrals is a great way to introduce (or re-introduce) retro design back into your life!

We selected modern/retro pieces, including lots of timber. We also added a fresh pop of…READ MORE HERE!

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As we all know, open plan spaces are all the rage in architectural design at the moment. The idea of having a space that is multipurpose and has the ability to bring the whole family together is highly appealing. It is for this reason we wrote a blog all about open plan spaces. “Open Plan Spaces” is full of some of the awesome open plan areas Silk Home have staged and also gives you an insight into what sort of thing you should think about when staging an open plan area!

Open plan living spaces allow for the house to flow more easily and allows for optimum design…READ MORE HERE!

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And finally, “Seller to Buyer: What you Need to Know” has been a recent hit on the Silk Home blog! This blog does exactly what it says it does…gives an insight into what you need to know when you are selling and buying! The dot point format gets straight to the point with what you must know in order to have a successful home sale!

Some easy things to think of that will make the whole process 10 times easier are:… READ MORE HERE!

 

We love that you are all loving these blogs! Make sure you let Silk Home know what else you would like to see blogs written on!

Single Bedrooms

Often used for children, teens  and studies, single bedrooms offer a wide variety of exploration for design as they typically offer more room than bedrooms with  double beds.

One of the biggest advantages to have a single bed in a bedroom is the availability of desk space. This is perfect for kids and teenagers as it allows a place for homework to be completed that is free from distractions.

When it comes to single bedrooms, especially for kids and study purposes, it is ideal to have a neutral, muted tone on the walls instead of a bright, bold colours which can overstimulate the mind and act as a distraction. From this though, wall art can be used to make the room more appealing to whomever is in there most. Ideally, the wall art wouldn’t be too big and wouldn’t be of something whoever is living there is passionate about at the time of decorating (such as a cartoon or movie character). Doing this will mean that the wall art isn’t the main feature of the room, instead the bed or desk is.

As single bedrooms are typically one of the smaller bedrooms in the house, the use of light is of utmost importance. Opening up the window is the easiest way to make the room seem bigger. Similarly, venetian blinds close the room off as they do not all the room to seem more open, even if the blinds are open. Draw down blinds are a great alternative as they allow you to completely open up the room as they allow the window to not be cut off.

Putting lamps in the room is also a great way to bring light into the room as it implements extra light into the room and makes the whole room look bigger.

What is your favourite of the rooms?

Guest Bedroom

Often overlooked, guest bedrooms tend to either feel completely untouched and bare or they double as storage room for things you only use once a year, like a Christmas tree!

Seeing as the guest bedroom is one of the most unused rooms in the house, this is understandable. Who really cares what the room looks like if no one is going in it?

Unfortunately, the poor neglected guest bedrooms can look bare and disconnected to the rest of the house when it comes to selling the house too. Leaving it likes this can stagger the house and disrupt the flow that is going on in the rest of the house.

Unlike styling your own room where you can truly let your style run wild, guest bedrooms work best when they are neutral toned and simple, but still homey!

Having a blank canvas so to speak with neutral toned furnishings mean that you can implement your creative side in terms of accessories. Wall art, bedside tables, candles, lamps and rugs are easy ways to transform a room from seeming unloved to giving the room a lived, homey feeling.

Bright pops of colour can also make the room feel more inviting and exciting. Pillows are the easiest way to input colour into a guest bedroom as the main feature of the room is the bed.

It is important for the guest bedroom to look open and bright, so open windows and blinds are a great way to achieve this. This further increases the homey feeling as the room is likely to connect with the rest of the house in this way.

Here are some of our favourite guest bedrooms from 2015!

As you can see, a variety of styles and trends do determine the rooms appearance but they all look cosy, lived in and loved. This is achieved by bright, open windows, neutral coloured furnishings and bright accessories.

Open Plan Spaces

Open plan living spaces seem to be a recent phenomenon in the architecture industry, and so they should be! They bring people together and can be used as a space for everyone and everything instead of leaving set activities to set rooms.

Unlike older houses where it is clear what room is the dining room and living room, open plan living spaces allow for the house to flow more easily and allows for optimum design as the home is not limited as to what each area should contain.

Not only that, but open plan living spaces make the whole house seem bigger! They open up the space and bring light into the house, giving the illusion of a bigger space.

Open plan living spaces are also great for entertaining purposes. Instead of being locked away in the kitchen while all your friends are chatting in the lounge room, open plan living spaces allow you to be part of the conversation as well. These spaces often open out onto a deck as well. This allows for optimum entertaining purposes as there is space for entertaining, no matter if it is rain or shine.

On a similar note, open plan living spaces can bring the family together, both physically and metaphorically, as it allows space for kids to play and do homework as well as space for the parents to do work, cook dinner and entertain.
Because open plan living blurs the lines between living room and dining room, it allows for a much wider variety of furnishings, accessories and overall design theme in the home. Some designs can look crowded and overdone if they are shoved into a small room. Open plan living allows for continuity of design and theme throughout the majority of the house and allow you to fully invest in a style that you love!
What is your favourite open plan living space?

First Impressions Count

The doors to your home reveal your personal interior style to the outside world, and can say a lot about who you are. No matter if your style is modern, traditional, architectural, country or insanely stylish, what’s behind your front door says it all.

We hear it all the time, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover!’ but, due to the society we live in, chances are we do judge the book by it’s cover, even when we don’t realise that we are.

The same goes for houses. The presentation of your house can make or break what others may think of you.

What do you think when someone has an overgrown and messy lawn?

The exterior of your home should say something simple. Fresh, neat and de-cluttered is best. But once you guest is at your front door, the entry way is the next thing that needs attention.

Once your guest is through your front door, you should make sure the environment they are entering is comfortable and inviting. Normally, entrance areas/hall ways are neglected as everyone is usually rushing through them! Try not to forget about your entrance area, it’s the best place to set the vibe of your home and make a statement at a cheap price. It could be the best place for a lovely side table to store your keys and mail, to hang up some awesome photos, a feature piece or all the above!

It is super important to remember when you are making a statement to make it continuous. There’s no point having a chic black and silver hallway if you can see the bright blue bedrooms off it. It’s all about making your home feel like a connected and cohesive home rather than a whole bunch of different homes mashed together in an incoherent jumble.

 

Make all your guests jealous of the awesome entrance way with a fantastic first impression!

Feature Property – Lorna Street Waratah

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Designed by respected local architect Frederick Menkens and built c1895 as a family home for prosperous spirit merchant Joseph Wood, magnificent ‘Braeside’ is one of Newcastle’s longest standing examples of Queen Anne Federation architecture. Rich with history and held by only three families, it is on offer for the first time since 1958 and remains virtually untouched by the passage of time. Positioned on a huge 2611sqm landholding just footsteps to the Mater Hospital, a truly rare opportunity exists for a new generation to share in this home’s spectacular grandeur.

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Beyond the magnificent gardens, the perfectly preserved facade is resplendent with all the traditional hallmarks of its era including corbelled brick chimneys, an unusual Dutch gable and an encircling verandah. Inside soaring 14ft pressed metal ceilings, exquisite leadlight windows and doors, original fireplaces, cedar timberwork and beautiful wallpaper create an elegant home rich in character and destined to impress.

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Crafted around a wide hallway, the layout features four bedrooms including master with ensuite and a formal dining room all with French doors leading out to the verandah. A formal lounge room boasts a working fireplace and huge window with garden vista. There is a functional kitchen, bathroom and sunroom while outdoors there is a third w/c, double garage and covered area for a trailer or boat. Although ready to enjoy, this stately residence offers superb scope for an interior restoration to create a family home of definitive luxury.

The decadent home is one of a kind and stands alone in a suburban area. ‘Braeside’ has a personality of it’s own, truly capturing the era in which it was built, relatively untouched by the rapidly changing society that surrounds it.

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An exclusive offering in terms of its scale and stature, outstanding ‘Braeside’.

 

To find out more about the property of view and inspection CLICK HERE

Silk’s Top 20 Instagram Rooms.

As we have recently entered 2016 it is always good to reflect on the previous year, be it the highs and lows, successes and fails. We do this for many reasons, but usually it is to learn from our mistakes and recreate and better our wins. Social media plays a major part in most people’s lives and business. The desire to take the most insta-worthy photo, or to think up the most retweetable tweet is all part of the fun and games.

 

Below is Silk Home’s top 20 rooms as voted by Instagram. Real Homes. Real People. Real Results.